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Five UTHSC Professors Win Health Care Heroes Awards
Memphis, Tenn. (September 8, 2006) – Demonstrating the breadth of the University of Tennessee Health Science Center’s (UTHSC) strength in health care, five UTHSC professors emerged as winners of the Memphis Business Journal’s Annual Health Care Heroes Awards last night. Held at the Hilton-Memphis, the newspapers’ Eighth Annual Awards Banquet honored finalists from across the local health care community, including a total of 10 UTHSC faculty.
From a field of outstanding
Chancellor William F. Owen, who congratulated the
winners at the event, said, “UT Health Science Center’s pervasive impact on
Among the finalists were: Michael C. Levin, MD, associate professor, College of Medicine, and chief of neurology at the VA Medical Center; Duane Miller, PhD, professor in the College of Pharmacy and director of medical chemistry for GTX, Inc; Peter Netland, MD, professor of ophthalmology and director of the UT Hamilton Eye Institute Glaucoma Service; James Wheless, MD, professor of medicine and director of the Le Bonheur Neuroscience Program; and Robert Williams, PhD, professor of genetics in the medical college’s Department of Anatomy and Neurobiology.
In addition to Dr. Owen, the winners and finalists, other UTHSC representatives attending the event included: Mrs. Alice Owen, wife of the Chancellor; Michael Caudle, MD, vice chancellor for health system affairs for UTHSC; William Frey, PhD, dean of the College of Allied Health Sciences; Russell Gilpatrick, DDS, dean of the College of Dentistry, and his wife, Donna; La Don Jones, PhD, vice chancellor of community relations; Stephen Schwab, MD, executive dean of the College of Medicine, and Pat Wall, MD, interim dean of the College of Medicine, Memphis campus.
As the Lifetime Achievement Award
winner, Dr. Hiatt’s 44-year career as an ophthalmologist has been a testimony to
service, both in teaching and medical missionary work. In addition to hundreds of students trained
while he was chairman of the ophthalmology department for 30 years at UTHSC,
Dr. Hiatt has taught doctors around the world through his educational
missionary trips. He has trained
residents in ophthalmology in both hemispheres—in
Dr. Wasson was recognized for her numerous outreach
efforts in the community through the field of dentistry. Her focus on underserved populations and her
leadership have convinced volunteers from the UTHSC College of Dentistry to
donate their time to touch the lives of more than 3,700 people at 84 different
venues to date. Through the
As an internationally known professor of physical
therapy, Dr. Barbara Connolly was named the Health Care Provider Non-Physician
Award. She regularly reaches out far
beyond the classroom to make an impact on the Mid-South region. She co-founded the Down Parents of Memphis (now
Down Syndrome Association of the Mid-South), served on the Advisory Committee
of the West Tennessee United Cerebral Palsy Association and during her 33-year
tenure, has been the pediatric consultant for many school systems, including
Dr. Dale, who is also associate chief of staff for education at the VA Medical Center, received the Healthcare Innovations Award. For more than 25 years, he has researched the development of a vaccine for Group A Streptococci, which can cause everything from mild sore throat to toxic shock syndrome to rheumatic fever, a disease that kills 1,400 people every day worldwide. Dr. Dale has developed a vaccine that promises to curtail strep and prevent its deadly effects. He refers to the vaccine, StrepAvax, as the most complex genetically engineered vaccine ever designed for human use. With the ability to prevent 90 percent of serious Strep A infections, this vaccine has the potential to prevent 21 million cases of rheumatic fever alone in one year.
Dr. Kaplan was presented the Health
Care Provider Physician Award because of his devotion to patients, many of whom
travel across the country to be treated for crippling arthritis. More than 95 percent of those patients rate
their experience with him as “exceptional.”
This year he received the Tennessee Rheumatology Society’s very first
President’s Award and was once again named to The Best Doctors in
As the flagship statewide academic health system, the University of Tennessee Health Science Center is focused on a four-tier mission of education, research, patient care and community service, all in support of a single goal: to improve the health of Tennesseans. Offering a broad range of postgraduate training opportunities, the main campus, which includes six colleges, is located in Memphis. UTHSC has additional College of Medicine campus locations in Knoxville and Chattanooga. For more information, visit www.uthsc.edu.
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